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South Africa Safari: The Cape & Kruger National Park

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Overview

South Africa from City to Savanna

Enjoy all the best of South Africa on a journey through two of its most compelling (and unique) destinations. Savor a stay in Cape Town, where you’ll encounter the region’s distinct floral kingdom—unlike any other in the world—during a stroll through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and sample the superb vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

In Kruger National Park, experience the thrill of tracking game on foot with expert guides. Stay in a deluxe lodge and remote camp deep in the bush that hearkens back to Africa’s golden era. Day and night drives offer encounters with the “big five” as well as rare nocturnal animals. This is the ultimate way to experience the breadth of South Africa, from its most contemporary restaurants to its timeless wilderness.

Safari Style: Scheduled Group Safari
Activities: City and nature walks, cultural visits, wine tasting, bush walks, and game viewing
Accommodation: Boutique hotels, deluxe lodge and bush camp
Getting Around: Private vehicles with guaranteed window seats, internal flight
Meeting & Departure Point: Cape Town, South Africa / Johannesburg, South Africa

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore Cape Town, from its cosmopolitan downtown to the scenic summit of Table Mountain
  • Sample the Southern Cape’s amazingly varied attractions: vineyards, beaches, botanical gardens, historic towns, penguin colonies, and more
  • Spend comfortable evenings immersed in nature at your deluxe lodge and remote bush camp
  • Spot the Big 5 on thrilling game drives and track wildlife on bush walks
  • Sample the best of the Cape Winelands with all of your senses
  • Experienced, knowledgeable guide(s)
  • All meals included, local wine and beer included with dinners
  • Boutique hotel, deluxe safari lodge and premium tented camp (with private baths)
  • All activities as outlined in the daily itinerary
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • Internal Flights
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    It was truly the trip of a lifetime. The guides were exceptionally well trained and made time to show us
    the small things we might have missed: bird life, insects, plant life as well as the large animals.
    J. & T. Alexander

Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Cape Town

After breakfast, meet with your local CW guide for an introductory briefing and discuss the details of the day. First stop, Table Mountain beckons. This city icon is instantly recognizable. Although nearly 3,300 feet above sea level, a hike to the plateau is not strenuous and will provide magnificent views; alternatively, you may opt for a lift from the cable car to the top. Once on top there are a number of walking routes to choose from offering a wonderful orientation to the city below.

Enjoy lunch in the revamped Company Gardens Restaurant. The venture is part of a larger project aimed at revitalizing the CBD greenway, and in line with this, it is meant to serve as a magnet of sorts to draw people into the lush oasis that envelops it and a tool that encourages visitors to engage with the peaceful environment.

This afternoon we’ll explore the city on foot. Points of interest include a 17th-century water reservoir; the historic Grand Parade adjacent to the Castle, old Drill Hall, and City Hall; the flower market; and impressive Standard Bank Building. Along the route, pass Church Square, the Groote Kerk, and original Slave Lodge. Walk through history when you enter the former Dutch East India Company Garden—founded in early trading days and a green oasis in the middle of town today. Cultural riches are on display at the National Library, the SA Museum, National Art Gallery, Jewish Museum, and the handsome St. George Cathedral. Leaving the city center behind, a drive through the Bo-Kaap will introduce you to the historical Muslim section with its quaint, colorful houses.

Before dinner this evening visit the very lovely, Luxury Africa Atelier, a gallery space where visitors can come and find unique African luxury goods, jewelry and works of art.

Dinner at The Codfather, dedicated to serving sustainable seafood, includes an amazing extravaganza of fresh fish, delectable shellfish and scrumptious, innovative sushi.  Choose to sit at the Sushi Bar, or the main seating area with views of Camps Bay or an outside terrace.

Included: Walking city tour and walk on Table Mountain / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 2 Cape Peninsula

Today’s tour of the Cape Peninsula will take you along one of the most dramatic coastal drives in the world. Heading down the west side of the peninsula, you’ll follow the Atlantic seaboard via Sea Point to admire the magnificent beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay. Your road safari takes you to Llandudno for spectacular views, then on to the quaint village and fishing harbor of Hout Bay. Then head further down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to richly varied plant, bird, and animal life. When you stand on the towering headland of Cape Point, you will be at what once was commonly considered the continent’s southernmost point.

A 20-minute ascent up Cape Point’s paved pathway rewards you with the glorious view of the Atlantic Ocean mingling with Indian Ocean waters. On clear days, the entire peninsula stretches as far as you can see. Continue your walk by the coast and through the nature reserve along a path of varying, moderate terrain. The Cape’s lush flowers and foliage will color your way, and perhaps a baboon family will watch your passage.

The visual feast continues as you head up the peninsula’s eastern shore to Simon’s Town. Residents of this naval-base village include a large African penguin colony on rugged Boulders Beach. On the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens showcases some of the Cape’s rich flora. You’ll explore the natural wonders of one of Cape Town’s special delights. After your guide’s introduction to the gardens, you can continue on a guided walk or explore the gardens’ 22,000 indigenous plants on your own. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms, and the botanical richness of Kirstenbosch reflects this remarkable distinction. Covering an area of 1,300 acres, the gardens are a celebration of South African flora. Proteas, cycads, and rolling lawns, streams, and ponds are yours to discover along pathways. Many varieties of birds inhabit the gardens, and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular. Stop by the Visitors Center to enjoy a cup of tea in this idyllic setting.

This incredible day will end in celebration over dinner in a local home.

Included: Peninsula tour and Kirstenbosch Gardens / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Day 3 Wine Country

South Africa has become a prominent wine region, and over the next two days, you will discover why.

A 45-minute drive brings you to Stellenbosch. We’ll stop en route at a nearby nature reserve for a morning walk and picnic lunch. Mountain fynbos, proteas, baboon, klipspringer, black eagle, cape leopard and other animals all live within the reserve. Following lunch al fresco, the afternoon is spent in Stellenbosch. After a brief introduction, you are invited to explore its village streets dotted with quaint Cape Dutch-style architecture, small shops, and teahouses on a walking tour. Contrary to popular belief, the winelands are no longer just about award-wining wine; in fact, Stellenbosch boasts some of the finest artisanal beer brewed in South Africa. A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards.

This afternoon, check in to your boutique hotel and relax before a dinner you will not soon forget. This evening, indulge in a wine and food pairing dinner at Makaron Restaurant. A stylish, contemporary interior has been created using a clever mix of repurposed and recycled furniture, complemented by modern statement pieces. Beautiful tables by Cape Town designer Gregor Jenkin and Louis Ghost chairs take pride of place.

Airy and light, the restaurant overlooks lush gardens and flows onto a sheltered terrace for alfresco dining. It is in this stimulating setting that resident chef Tanja Kruger presents her menu of fresh, modern cuisine grounded in the French classics. Tanja has enormous respect for the quality and provenance of each ingredient that comes into her kitchen, and takes pride in working with ethical producers and suppliers who share her philosophy of working with raw vegetables, fruits and flowers. She has also been very much inspired by her work in Michelin-starred restaurants including the ’Arpège and Gagnier in Paris, Geranium in Copenhagen, and Frantzen in Stockholm.

Included: Walking in the winelands and Stellenbosch / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4 Wine Country

Today you’ll make your way out into the picturesque winelands visiting South Africa’s most famous wine regions – Paarl and Franschhoek. Aside from the excellent wines, the area is renowned for its food, and is steeped in history such as the Taal monument, museums and the contribution of the French Huguenots.

Explore the Babylonstoren farm gardens, which were inspired by the Company’s Gardens of the Cape, where for centuries ships would replenish with sweet water, vegetables and fruit at the halfway station between Europe and Asia. It also hales back to the mythical garden of Babylon. Spanning eight acres, the Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible. As an added bonus, fruits and vegetables are harvested year round for use in the restaurant.

The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks, and chickens, and includes a prickly pear maze. Following the bell tower axis, the old cellar axis or the Babylonstoren hill axis, walks span over two miles in the garden. During spring, 7,000 native lilies bloom down by the stream, where a secluded path runs in the shade of wild olives and oaks. Following a morning’s exploration on foot, you are treated to a farm-fresh lunch surrounded by the beauty of this Cape Dutch farm situated in the striking Drakenstein Valley.

Time allows for a stroll through the quaint village of Franschhoek before returning to Stellenbosch. This evening we walk into town for dinner at a favorite local restaurant.

Included: Walks through Babylonstoren and Franschhoek / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 Kruger National Park: Plains Camp

After four days of an urban safari, today you’ll set out for your wilderness safari. Catch a connecting flight from Cape Town to Kruger National Park (luggage limited to 44 pounds in a soft bag).  Your guide will meet your plane and whisk you away for the adventure ahead. On arrival at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, you will then be transferred to the more remote Plains Camp for your two-night stay. Enjoy your journey in an open 4×4 vehicle.

Your camp is situated on a vast private concession in the Kruger National Park. Game moves freely through this area in the heart of the wilderness, overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain and waterhole. The concession is an environmentally sensitive area previously unexplored. With its huge diversity of flora and fauna—including the renowned “big five”—it makes an ideal setting for walking safaris.

Included: Airport arrival transfer, internal flight, and bush walk / dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Day 6 Kruger National Park: Plains Camp

An early-morning wake-up brings you fresh coffee, tea, and traditional

South African rusks before you set out with your guides on a new safari walk. Because nothing is predictable in the bush, each safari offers a new experience. As you walk, learn about the animals, trees, grasses, insects, and birds…the medicinal uses of plants…local folklore…and time-honored tracking and survival skills.

Walking trails are best enjoyed early morning and late afternoon, avoiding midday heat. The morning walk averages 3-4 hours. Walks are customized by your guides to accommodate the group’s fitness level and special interests. A light snack is served on the walk, and a satisfying brunch awaits on your return to the camp. During the midday heat, enjoy the camp’s small library of Africana or the plunge pool overlooking the plain, where buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, rhino, and zebra are often sighted.

This afternoon you’ll safari by game vehicle to another location, and set off on foot upon your trail. Enjoy sundowners in the bush as you recount your day’s adventures. Back at camp, your exploits will be rewarded by a sumptuous dinner, accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

Included: Bush walks and leisure time / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Days 7 & 8 Kruger National Park: Rhino Post Safari Lodge

There’s time to explore one more walking trail before you decamp to Rhino Post Safari Lodge. After settling in, gather in the lounge overlooking the waterhole to enjoy a delicious high tea before departing for your late afternoon game drive.

Guided game-drive safaris at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted in customized, open 4×4 Land Cruisers. In addition to its private wilderness concession, the lodge also gives visitors access to the Kruger public roads with exclusive use of some roads at night— well after gate-closing times. This affords exciting sightings of the park’s nocturnal animals.

At sunset, the game drive stops for sundowner cocktails beneath the colorful African skies, then continues into early evening. Return to the lodge in time to freshen up and enjoy a drink before a sumptuous dinner on the deck, serenaded by night creatures.

Included: Bush walk, game drives, and leisure time / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Day 9 Johannesburg

Make the most of this last precious day with an early-morning rising and light breakfast in the lounge, preparing you for one last morning game drive. Take midmorning refreshment in the bush as you track the abundant wildlife. Return to the lodge in time for a leisurely brunch and shower before you pack up and decamp. You’ll bid your hosts a warm farewell before boarding your included flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your international flight home.

Included: Game drive, internal flight, airport departure transfer / breakfast and lunch

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Dates & Prices

Scheduled Group Safari 2017 Pricing

2017 Dates
Per Person Single Supplement Info
Mar 9 - Mar 17 $4,798 $798
Oct 2 - Oct 10 $4,898 $798
Oct 7 - Oct 15 $4,898 $798

*Pricing based on double occupancy. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Flight + Safari Combo 2017 Pricing

2017 Dates Single Supplement Info FLIGHT + SAFARI Info
Mar 7 - Mar 18 $898
Sep 30 - Oct 11 $898
Oct 5 - Oct 16 $898
Flight + Safari

CW Safaris is pleased to introduce our Flight + Safari Combo to complement our South Africa safari. This package consists of competitively priced round-trip airfare, comfortable pre-tour accommodations, airport transfers, breakfast, and your complete safari with on-trip inclusions.

This Flight + Safari Combo departs two days before your scheduled tour (one night aloft, one night pre-tour in Cape Town at the same hotel as the first two nights of your safari, The More Quarters Hotel), so you’ll have ample opportunity to feel rested at the start of the safari.

This gives you everything you need to simplify your journey, while we take care of all the details.

Pre-Trip

DAY 1 - In flight to South Africa

Today you’ll depart your hometown, flying overnight en route to Africa.

In flight to South Africa Accommodation: South Africa Safari: The Cape & Kruger National Park

DAY 2 - Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to your comfortable hotel (the same hotel as night one of the safari). Settle into your room, where you’ll have time to rest and relax before your safari begins the following day.

Cape Town Accommodation: South Africa Safari: The Cape & Kruger National Park

Post-Trip

Upon arrival of your flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg International Airport, you will check-in for your flight home.

Stay a Little Longer

CW Safaris offer enticing post-tour extensions ranging from the Victoria Falls in Zambia to Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda.  Please refer to our website or contact our office for further details.

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Guides

Our Guides

Guests who travel frequently with CW Safaris know that our guides truly set us apart from other adventure travel companies. All CW Safaris guides are locally based and fluent in English, with exceptional knowledge of the region where you’ll be traveling. Their expertise in wildlife and natural history and their keen, deeply rooted understanding of life in the African bush will ensure your safety, well-being, and enjoyment throughout every safari. You could not be in better hands!

On the Cape Town portion of this safari you’ll be privately escorted by CW Safaris’ expert guides; in Kruger National Park you’ll stay at a family-run lodge whose hosts and staff not only share their in-depth knowledge of the local area during bush walks, game drives, and other safari activities, but also share family-style meals with you, creating opportunities for meaningful interaction throughout the day.

Here is a sampling of our extraordinary guides in South Africa:

David Kruger

Dave Kruger grew up in the ‘Green Kalahari’ near the border with Botswana. After completing his studies and spending time in the South African military, he worked for 8 years in the IT industry before switching gears and becoming a professional safari guide. Now you can find Dave leading safari, as well as hiking and cycling, tours throughout South Africa. As a qualified nature guide (and part-time snake dealer!), he has a passion for nature conservation and sustainability, and, when not guiding, enjoys mountain biking, wine making, and photography.

Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a Cape Town native who spent two years in the army after finishing his schooling. An avid runner and cyclist, Alan has biked the Karakoram Highway from Islamabad to Kashgar and from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest base camp. Having travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Southern Africa, Australia, and Asia to rid himself of wanderlust, he eventually returned to his beloved Table Mountain and the Mother City where he has since focused his efforts on showing guests around his home country. When not guiding, you can find Alan acting as a fulltime toy for his young daughters!

Leonard McMillan

Leonard has fantastic experience leading hiking trips on Table Mountain having worked for Table Mountain National Parks for last four years. Having grown up on the Cape Flats in an impoverished environment, it was a life changing for him to participate in a school hike and then later be selected for the Hoerikwaggo guiding programme. He enjoys working in a more personalised environment where clients become friends and will go the extra mile for guests to provide that unforgettable personal service.

Erica Vink

Born in the North Western Cape on a Karoo sheep farm, Erica is an outgoing and energetic guide. She feels that it is a privilege to share the vibrancy and beauty of South Africa with guests and is both passionate and optimistic about the future of her country. Erica is fluent in English, Afrikaans, and German and received her education at the University of Stellenbosch. Her professional experience has ranged widely, from working in the wine lands in Stellenbosch to the medical industry, with many other roles in tourism in between. She is an active member of a local hiking club, a passionate advocate for sustainable tourism, and a volunteer mountain guide for Table Mountain National Park. When not guiding, she enjoys spending time with her spouse and two sons.

Sally Petersen

Growing up on a sheep farm in South Africa, Sally was infused with a love of the land, and dreamed of sharing her travel experiences with others. After graduating, she spent a few years traveling and working throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. She was an “Adventurer of the Year” finalist after cycling from London to Cape Town to raise funds for Survival International. On returning to Cape Town, Sally pursued her dream career and became a qualified Nature and Tour Guide with the Dept. of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Sally’s passion for her country is infectious and her knowledge, astounding.

Vanessa Nixon

Vanessa got the travel bug from her grandfather, a retired pilot with many exciting African travel tales. To celebrate her 21st birthday, she drove through nine African countries, crossing rivers, mud, snow, sand, mountains, herds of elephants, and baobab forest. She spent the next three years guiding camping safaris all over southern Africa, earning the top credentials that led to her joining CW Safaris. Vanessa loves sharing her travel experiences, including her strong ties to the Kalahari and its Komani bushmen. She believes each safari has a life of its own with unique adventures.

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